HOUSTON -- J.P. Arencibia started at designated hitter for the Rangers on Sunday. There are not going to be many more starts for him down the stretch.
Arencibia, who was the Rangers Opening Day catcher, returned from Triple-A after the All-Star break as their starting first baseman. But that role has been passed to rookie Ryan Rua, whom the Rangers want to see play in September.
Arencibia could get time at designated hitter but that may evaporate when Jim Aducci returns from the seven-day concussion disabled list. As far as beyond this season, Arencibia still sees himself as a catcher and the Rangers are looking at Robinson Chirinos and Tomas Telis both now and the future at the position.
"It's obvious what they want to do," Arencibia said. "I get it. They want to look at young guys and see what they can do. I have been around enough. When I came back from Triple-A playing every day, my numbers were there."
Arencibia, who was demoted to Triple-A on May 14, was called up after the All-Star break and hit .262 with six home runs and 20 RBI in his first 17 games. He is 5-for-50 with one home run since then going into Sunday's game while splitting time at first base with Mike Carp. The Rangers acquired Carp from the Red Sox on Aug. 3 and designated him for assignment on Saturday.
But that was to make room for Rua, not to get Arencibia back in the lineup every day.
The Rangers signed Arencibia last offseason after he was non-tendered by the Blue Jays. It appears unlikely at this point the Rangers will have a role for him in 2015.
"The only thing I can do is come in every day and take it day by day," Arencibia said. "It's out of my hands. I can't dictate what they do with me. That's their decision. When I came back after the All-Star break, you saw the production. When I stopped playing, it made it tougher, that's the bottom line. When I was playing every day, the numbers are the numbers."
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.